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Missing: Red Wings Youth

It is no secret that the Detroit Red Wings relied heavily on their Youth Corp to get the team into their 23rd straight post season; but where did they go?

Brendan Savage from M Live writes:

Guys like Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan were all instrumental in helping the Red Wings extend their streak of postseason appearances to 23 seasons.

But after helping the Red Wings earn a first-round date with regular-season champion Boston, none of the youngsters are doing much in the series against the Bruins. Not many veterans are, either, but it was the kids who were supposed to be Detroit's wild card.

The aforementioned foursome has played in all four playoff games – Detroit trails the series 3-1 heading into Game 5 Saturday at TD Garden – and Glendening has the lone point.

The Red Wings are  facing elimination today in Boston after winning the first game in the series. What happened to that youth that was going to be the difference maker and help take the pressure off of players like Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg whom are just coming back from injury?  Gus Nyquist was the hottest scorer in the NHL after the Olympics but has since dried up and Luke Glendening (the one player that could 't score a goal to save his life in the regular season) is the one "kid" with a point  (a goal, the lone goal, in Game Two) as Savage mentioned.

The 2013 Calder Cup winners have what may be their final shot at making a difference in the Stanley Cup Finals this afternoon or they could be heading back to Grand Rapids to defend their Calder Cup. 

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Alan's avatar

While we relied heavily on the youth to get us here, it is (largely) our vets who have let us down these playoffs. For some of the kids, this is their first time to the big dance. While I’d love to see Nike or Sauce pot a couple today, I’m not expecting a miracle.

If the kids can use this series - no matter the outcome - as a stepping stone to greatness, I am happy.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/26/14 at 10:24 AM ET

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